Dr Stewart Johnstone


Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I joined the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation at Strathclyde Business School in July 2020.  Prior to my current appointment I worked at Newcastle University (2012-2020) and Loughborough University (2005-2012).  I hold degrees from the universities of Aberdeen, Manchester and Loughborough. 

My research intererests traverse human resource management and employment relations, with a particular focus on employee voice and participation, employment restructuring, and HRM in SMEs.  I have published and have various ongoing projects in each of these areas.  I am currently Co-Chair of the British Academy of Management HRM Special Interest Group and former Executive Board Member and Communications Officer of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association.  I am also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the International Labor and Employment Relations Association.


Has expertise in:

    Employee voice and participation

    Trade unions

    Labour management partnership

    Employment restructuring


    HRM in SMEs


Chartered Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

PhD Loughborough University

MSc University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)

MA(Hons) University of Aberdeen


Reconceptualizing the service paradox in engineering companies : is HR a missing link?
Johnstone Stewart, Wilkinson Adrian, Dainty Andrew
IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management Vol 61, pp. 275-284 (2014)
Workplace partnership
Johnstone Stewart
Handbook of Research on Employee Voice (2014) (2014)
Employee Voice in a Dot Com : The Rise and Demise of the Employee Forum at WebBank
Johnstone Stewart, Wilkinson Adrian
Voice and Involvement at Work (2014) (2014)
Do you put your best foot forward? interactive effects of task performance and impression management tactics on career outcomes
Cheng Jen Wei, Chiu Wei La, Chang Yi Ying, Johnstone Stewart
Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied Vol 148, pp. 621-640 (2014)
Do human resource practices enhance organizational commitment in SMEs with low employee satisfaction?
Saridakis George, Muñoz Torres Rebeca, Johnstone Stewart
British Journal of Management Vol 24, pp. 445-458 (2013)
Employee voice, partnership and performance
Johnstone Stewart, Wilkinson Adrian
How Can HR Drive Growth? (2013) (2013)

more publications


I have experience of designing, delivering and managing programmes and modules concerned with the management of people and work at all levels.  I am also the Editor of an Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management, which contains over 400 entries on core HR areas and key concepts, and is a popular companion to a standard HRM textbook.

Research interests

My research activity has focused on:

Employee voice and participation in both unionised and non-union contexts, and especially issues of labour management partnership, a debate to which I have contributed extensively for over 15 years. See for example:

The potential of labour management partnership: a longitudinal case analysis, British Journal of Management.

Developing positive employment relations: international experiences of labour management partnership, Palgrave.

Finding a Voice at Work: New Perspectives on Employment Relations, Oxford University Press.

Employment restructuring in times of crisis, and in particular HRM responses to turbulence at the organisational level.  See for example:

The Global Financial Crisis, Work and Employment Ten Years On,  Economic and Industrial Democracy

Downsizing, The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management

Employment practices, laboour flexibility and the Great Recession: an automotive case study, Economic and Industrial Democracy

HRM in SMEs and the extent to which HRM challenges and practices are distinctive in smaller organisational settings.  See for example:

Are the responses of small firms different from large firms in times of recession? Journal of Business Venturing.

Human resource practices, employee attitudes and small firm performance, International Small Business Journal.